What does it involve?
In A-level Media Studies, students will develop an understanding of and explore how mass media convey messages in a variety of forms, including marketing, advertising, promotion, radio, film and television. Four theoretical frameworks underpin the course: Media Language, Representation, Industries and Audience. Much of the course is analytical exploration which considers the mass media and its meaning within a wider context. Students will engage in the in depth study of at least one audio-visual, one print and one online social and participatory media form. In addition, students will be supported in securing work experience and links within the media industry.
How is it assessed?
The creation of a media product forms 30% of the course mark and provides the opportunity to explore and learn concepts in a practical way. There are also two written papers exploring key concepts, including detailed study of case studies.
Which skills or qualifications do I need?
Students will require excellent analytical and communication skills. A Grade 6 in GCSE English Literature will secure a place on the A-level course, in addition to a proven level of interest in the media and related issues.
University or employment prospects?
Many universities offer Media courses and these are often combined with Communication. Courses are highly competitive and students will most certainly boost their employability by gaining practical work experience alongside a degree and a lot of organisations now offer internships to support this. Careers in media are extensive, from journalism and copy writing to reporting and public relations or marketing and digital technology.